Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

2021 Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

Engaging Speakers, Compelling Topics, and Thought-provoking Discussions

Welcome to the Florida Humanities’ Speakers Directory, a curated collection of the Sunshine State’s best and brightest experts, scholars, journalists, folklorists and more, poised to bring engaging presentations and conversations right to your local community.

Florida Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partnering with nonprofit organizations across the state, Florida Humanities funds a wide variety of grants and public programming that explores Florida’s rich history and culture.

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Using this directory, organizations can connect with these experts to bring a wide variety of compelling humanities programming to their community.  Speakers can engage the public is several ways:

Florida Talks

Speakers may be asked to give a program for one of our Florida Talks partners. Florida Talks offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host informative and thought-provoking presentations across the state.

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Community Project Grants

Speakers may be contacted to participate as a scholar, presenter, or panelist for a Florida Humanities-funded Community Project Grant. These grants support a variety of humanities programming based on the specific needs of a community.

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Museum on Main Street

Speakers may be asked to give a program that complements the theme of one of our Museum on Main Street exhibits. These exhibits travel to small and underserved communities and explore a variety of humanities topics.

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Please Note: Speakers on this directory have agreed to a capped speaking fee of no more than $300 for a Florida Humanities-funded event. This fee does not include travel, so be sure to discuss those details as you plan your event.

2021 Speakers Directory

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Photo of John Capouya John Capouya Author, Pop-culture Scholar

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Contact Number:
917-734-1883

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  • Virtual

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About the speaker

John Capouya is an author and professor of journalism and non-fiction writing at the University of Tampa. During his career in journalism he worked at Newsweek, The New York Times, SmartMoney, and New York Newsday. His nonfiction books include the biography Gorgeous George and, most recently, Florida Soul.

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Florida Soul

The people and the music that define Florida Soul, from Ray Charles, to Sam and Dave, James Brown to Bobby Purify and many more. This rich but under-appreciated musical heritage comes to life in music, words, and vintage photos.

Respect: Soul Music and the Civil Rights Movement

Words, images and stirring music tell the story of the soul music that became the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement: Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave, James Brown, and Florida‘s own Timmy Thomas (“Why Can’t We Live Together’’).

Photo of Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi Scholar

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Contact Number:
561-779-9156

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Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi is an oral historian, writer, and podcaster. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies and a Certificate in Gender Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Her primary research focuses on structural violence in minority communities, gender studies, and Mexican American history. She taught English at Nova Southeastern University and Broward College. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded Rebecca a fellowship at The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her archival research focused on the Sixto Campano sheet music collection and culminated in a Research Pathfinder entitled “African American Women in Sheet Music Cover Art 1850-1956.”

Rebecca produces a monthly podcast: “The Tortilla Diaries” that highlights voices from the Treasures of Aztlan Oral History Project and artists from the diverse Hispanic community.

For more: rebeccakarimi.com

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Treasures from Aztlan: Hispanic Women’s Voices

This program highlights how Hispanic women view issues of race and ethnicity in their lives. Utilizing multiple formats, this presentation includes podcasts, oral histories, audio-visual presentations, and literary readings.

Voices from the Sunshine State: Florida Women’s Voices

A compilation of oral histories from diverse women of various racial backgrounds, ethnicities, social classes, and birthplaces. A comparison of life stories between transplanted Floridians versus native Floridians will visualize the ways in which their lives are similar yet differ from their early years to later years. This presentation includes readings, oral histories, audio-visual presentations, and podcasts.

Florida’s Hidden Treasures: African American Women in Sheet Music Cover Art–The Sixto Campano Collection

This multimedia presentation highlights the Sixto Campano Sheet music collection at the African American Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This colorful collection contains 1,000 pieces of archival sheet music and this presentation focuses on African American women. The audio/visual presentation highlights works from the 1850s to 1950s and chronicles the artistic evolution of African American women throughout the 100-year time span. The artistic images range from plantation life to the Harlem Renaissance to Hollywood and includes archival music from the library’s collections.

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